After a difficult 2016, the city is making some changes to its infrastructure branch to plan for a better future.
This year saw delays on many projects including the new Waterdale Bridge and the 102 Avenue Bridge over Groat Road and issues with the signaling system for the new Metro Line LRT.
Councillor Michael Walters believes the changes made to the infrastructure branch will address the concerns many Edmontonians have had.
“All the changes we’ve already made as a city, in the organization, and providing extra training for staff is absolutely a result of flaws that we saw in how we deliver projects. No one is going to deny that the Metro Line has been pretty sad story for us. The delays in the bridges have been unfortunate. So these changes are all because of that,” said Walters.
Walters said the plan was to get the right people involved to get everything back on the right track.
“It’s worth us looking into the broader community to say in addition to all these other changes that we’ve made to have better internal oversight of projects, and better training for our staff responsible for our projects, what kind of utility do these outside advisors and experts provide to us?”
“Having anybody involved in a major project that works for the city go through a school of business that’s focused on training or procurement, engineering, contract management, or project delivery, is really important so the structure of the organization is now positioned to deliver projects better.”
Walters also wants outside consultants to have a role in future projects. (djs/ms/sj)